Get a grip! Your probably wondering, what is she talking about? Well I will tell you!
Those of you who have either just lost your weight or are in the process of losing weight probably haven't experienced this just yet. This one is a Maintainer curse in my humble opinion.
This thought cycle came from my friend Michele over at Healthy Cultivations. Here's what Michele said:
“Everything you now do is something you have chosen to do. Some people don’t want to believe that… To change your life, you need to change your priorities.” — John C. Maxwell
I think a lot about choice. Sometimes, we’re quick to ridicule ourselves over past choices when we think about accepting full responsibility for our current situations. But I challenge myself and you to turn that around. Instead of lamenting past, poor choices, praise yourself for making better choices today. This applies in every situation —- food, exercise, relationships, work, you name it. We can go through a lifetime not really paying attention; so, if you’re paying attention today, praise yourself for that. Just keep moving ahead, and keep making the next right choice.
My response to her post:
I am trying to remember to be nice to myself and remember how far I've come over the last 3 years. Its easy to get really down on myself when I mess up and then I get myself into a bad place and have to crawl out. I just need to remember the choices I make that are "bad" are actually good choices considering what I use to do. Thanks for the reminder!
Michele's reply to me:
Oh, yes!! You said it well: the choices I make that are “bad” are actually good choices considering what I use to do. Sheri, that's exactly right. Not always easy to remember, but I always say, "It's better to look at how far we've come than to think about how far we have to go."Excerpts from Healthy Cultivations are protected by copyright and used here by permission of Healthy Cultivations, 2011.
This made me think about all the good I do for my body and health every day. It reminded me how far I have come in the last 3 years and that I need to be good to myself. So what if I indulged on an extra Weight Watcher desert one night or an extra Vitatop or two!
I've accomplished more the last 3 years than my entire life! I've gotten my Type 1 Diabetes so in control that I can go without my Insulin Pump a few days, which is unheard of they say. I can run with Neuropathy in my feet and I can look in the mirror and see muscles where there were none before ever!
Get a grip I say and really think about the positive you have done over span of your journey of maintaining your weight loss and/or health goals. Don't punish yourself because you mess up on occasion, praise yourself for choosing the right foods when you do mess up!
What do you need to get a grip on?